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AVCA names Kelly Walsh volleyball coach Jeff Barkell as regional coach of the year
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AVCA names Kelly Walsh volleyball coach Jeff Barkell as regional coach of the year

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Kelly Walsh volleyball coach Jeff Barkell on Wednesday was named a Region 8 Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Barkell led the Trojans to an 18-7 record and a runner-up finish at the Class 4A state tournament this season despite not having a senior on the roster.

The longtime coach has guided Kelly Walsh to eight state championships (2001-02, '05, '08, '10, 2017-29) and eight runner-up finishes during his tenure.

Barkell was one of four recipients from Region 8 and one of 40 coaches nationally recognized by the AVCA for their accomplishments.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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